Thursday, 25 August 2016

Bedtime Rituals with Molton Brown



Moving house! One of the most stressful things you can do and though Patrick and I do it more often than most, but despite that, nothing prepares you for the mental and physical chaos that ensues once you start to take your home apart and nothing is where it should be any more!

Whenever we move home it reminds me how much I need and appreciate all my things surrounding me and in being their proper place. Having your own little sanctuary away from the busy outside world is so important and I also like to create a sanctuary within that sanctuary; our bedroom. 

The rest of our house can be colourful or chaotic, but our bedroom is always a soothing calm space. I always choose cool, serene colours when working on the design. I love to create a space that you walk into and relax the moment your toes hit the lovely soft carpet - and a big part of that feeling for me is the scent.

So I was thrilled when Molton Brown launched their new Home & Linen Mists a couple of months ago as an addition to their gorgeous home scent range and for our bedroom I chose Orange & Bergamot to lift the spirits with the beautiful scent of an orange grove.

I love to layer scents and this range is perfect for that - I spritz our sheets with the linen spray before ironing them and then again each night before bed. There is nothing more indulgent that softly fragrant freshly ironed sheets! 

I also like to light the candle when I come to bed in the evening - whilst I potter, take my make up off and tidy up, the room gets gently scented and I always try to read for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep with the candle still burning. 

When I'm fully relaxed and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I blow out the candle and fall into a lovely deep sleep. Well most of the time anyway!

LBM
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Created in collaboration with Molton Brown. All words, opinions, styling & creative direction are my own.






{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Kitchen Design, South-West London Home

I have arrived back from a blissful two weeks in Pollensa with a bit of a thud...we are moving house next week and there is just so much to do! 

I can't wait to share my holiday posts with you, but as I won't have time to sort and edit the pictures until after the move, so in the meantime I wanted to share these pictures of a kitchen I designed for a family home in South-West London last year. 

The house was extended by four meters to the rear to create a lovely open plan kitchen, dining and living space - the perfect room for all the family, with fantastic views to the garden. I designed the bi-folding doors so that they were a feature in the room, rather than the simple glass and metal combination - I took inspiration from lots of New England designs that I found on Pinterest.

The kitchen was designed to be elegant as well as functional and the colour scheme for the space was fresh and clean to maximise the lovely natural light. I used furniture and artwork to add pops of colour. I hope you like it - if you're keen to create a similar look then click on the links below.

LBM
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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Holiday Beauty Picks

























I've recently launched a 'Lifestyle' section on the blog so I can share some of my favourite non-interiors related things with you. This is my first post about beauty products and as we are away in beautiful Pollensa and the weather is very, very hot, I am sharing my top beauty buys for surviving the summer heat.

First up and so important is a good sun hat. Mine this year is from Pia Rossini and I love it - I have also launched the new shopping pages on the site and the hat is available in the 'Travel' section, so do go and check it out!

When it comes to summer make up I like to keep it simple and focus on protecting my skin. As a child and teenager I probably spent far too much time tanning (didn't we all?!), so now I can be mostly found under an umbrella with my kindle and a bottle of factor 50!

Here is a list of the top products I'm using this year...

Lancaster Sun Oil SPF30 - I love this spray as it's so easy to apply and it gives a gentle golden sheen.

Sarah Chapman Dynamic Defence - a fab day cream that's not too heavy in the heat.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial - a fantastic night oil that really helps repair and moisturise your skin after a day in the sun.

Eau Cellular Water Spray by Institut Esthedederm - I couldn't be without this is in the heat! So cool and refreshing - I have a handbag size one so it comes everywhere with me.

La Roche Posay BB Cream SPF50 - this is a new discovery for me this summer and it's amazing. It gives a totally mat and flawless look, but also provides great protection. 

Chanel Lipgloss - I keep make up to a minimum in the summer, but a this is a great all-year-round product and I love the stylish Chanel packaging too. 

Chantecaille Mascara - this is an amazing mascara, it's called Longest Lash mascara and it really is. It also doesn't seem to smudge much in the sun, which is a real bonus.

Pixi Glow Tonic - a beauty blogger favourite, this is a miracle product - I use it morning at night after removing my make up and really notice a difference to my skin and overall complexion.

Chantecaille Oil Free Foundation - a beautifully light foundation that glides onto the skin, it's great for balmy evenings as it gives a very fresh and natural look.

So those are all my summertime beauty favourites and you can shop the full selection below.

I've been asked for a little while by readers about my beauty and fashion tastes and this is my first post straying from interiors and travel, so would love to hear your feedback!

LBM
x

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Hotel Ranga & Our Last Day in Iceland



For our last day in Iceland we drove from Ion Hotel across to the famous and quirky Hotel Ranga, where each suite has a different theme, inspired by different parts of the world. 

On the way we stopped at the amazing Skogafoss waterfall, which was truly breathtaking. Again the wind was super strong, it was lucky our jeep had chains on the doors as otherwise I'm pretty sure they would have blown off! We ran to take a few pictures before jumping back into the warmth of the car - my kindle and I became very good pals on this trip as I stayed snuggled in the warmth while P headed off intrepidly to take very windy pictures!

We also stopped at a beautiful black beach - tricky to get to over sand dunes - the high winds meant visibilty was very limited and at times it felt as if we were in an apocalyptic movie! 

If you've not visited Iceland before, it really is somewhere to add to your bucket list. There is nowhere else like it, the scenery really is breathtakingly beautiful.As the day was drawing to a close (it's hard to know the time as it didn't get dark until past 11pm, but when we felt exhausted and ready for a glass of wine!) we headed to our final hotel stop, Hotel Ranga.

As I mentioned, it's a well known and quirky place - very homely with whacky room designs and amazing food! We checked in and were showed to our suite which was huge and African themed. So many well thought out details and a huge, dark bathroom with one of the largest baths I had seen in a while.I jumped straight in for a good soak to thaw out from the cold before heading down to the bar for a drink. On the way I met a very large polar bear in reception!

Throughout our trip in Iceland we ate very well. I was a little surprised about quite how delicious and gourmet the food was as the local ingredients are somewhat limited, but the local specialities, mainly lamb and arctic char were always cooked to perfection, creatively combining local herbs and berries.

The food at Ranga was exceptional - they take it very seriously and the hotel owner was keen for us to try as much of the menu as we could possibly manage! It was all fantastic, but there is one thing that was so out of this world that I still find myself day dreaming about it from time to time...

It was a wild mushroom soup made from a secret recipe that the chef had passed down by his grandmother. In the short season that mushrooms can grow in Iceland, she would pick and collect as many as she could and keep them until Christmas, when she would make a soup for all the family to share. I have no idea how the soup was made and what else was in it, but it was amazing - I had to use a lot of willpower to stop myself from licking the bowl!

It was the perfect end to a lovely few days in this special and magnificant country. 

Today we are off to somewhere rather warmer, lovely Pollensa in the north of Mallorca. One of my favourite places in the world, I can't wait to spend 10 days relaxing there with friends and family.

I will be in touch soon!

LBM
x

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Ion Hotel & Icelandic Ponies
























For the second instalment of our Iceland trip, I want to take you to the stunning Ion Hotel in Thingvellir National Park. As I mentioned last week, the weather while we were there was beautiful and sunny...if you were sitting in the warm cosy indoors looking out, as the wind was up to 40 mph some days!

And there isn't a more perfect place to sit and stare and the amazing landscape than at the Ion Hotel.

The glass-walled Northern Lights bar was the perfect place to sip cocktails at the end of our exhausting day exploring. It would also (as the name suggests) have been the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights, but we weren't to be that lucky on this occasion.

The hotel is perched on the stilts at the foot of Mount Hengill and even though it's only an hour away from Reykjavik, it feels worlds away. The start design of the hotel exterior is perfectly reflected inside with super stylish, minimal interiors. The polished concrete floors are complemented by soft sheepskin chairs, warm fireplaces, soft fluffy duvets and stunning artwork; supersize images of Icelandic ponies decorate the bedroom walls.

Whilst on the topic of Icelandic ponies, I need to say that I LOVE them and am in awe - they are so adorable, hairy and brave - beautiful little creatures bred survive the extreme weather conditions there. Amazing! Every time we drove past any I made Patrick stop and take lots of pictures, some of which are below. Just gorgeous and so tiny compared to the vast landscape that surrounds them.

Back at the hotel, the restaurant served delicious and elegant Icelandic food - dishes we tasted included arctic char and lamb carpaccio. We were exhausted so ate quite early then had a quick night cap in the bar {to take in that amazing scenery one last time} before crawling into our very cosy bed.

It was a stunning hotel and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Iceland. As with the rest of this trip, we booked our accommodation through i-escape.

Next week the final part of our trip and a stay at Hotel Ranga, where the rooms are quirky and the food was out of this world!

LBM
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